Update: With Aaron Bradshaw returning to practice this week, the top-five recruit just took another big step toward his return for Kentucky Basketball.
Prior to Friday’s game vs. Marshall, Bradshaw was on the court for pregame warmups and shooting for the first time this season.
Bradshaw has occasionally taken some pregame shots this season, but this is the first time he’s gone through a strenuous workout prior to a game that media was able to view.
Kentucky freshman Aaron Bradshaw putting up shots with UK assistant John Welch about two and a half hours before tipoff.— Ben Roberts (@BenRobertsHL) November 24, 2023
First time Bradshaw has gone through serious pregame warmups this season. pic.twitter.com/8cag0yga5S
It’s still unclear as to when Bradshaw will make his in-game debut, but this, alongside his return to practice, would suggest it should be in the coming weeks.
After what we saw vs. Kansas and Saint Joseph’s, it can’t be overstated how massive this would be for the Kentucky frontcourt, and it could be what makes this team a true threat to reach the Final Four for the first time since 2015.
It’s a big day for the Kentucky Wildcats on the basketball side, as it looks like the much-needed big man is close to making his debut.
According to Jack Pilgrim via the Sources Say Podcast, 5-star freshman Aaron Bradshaw will return to practice on Wednesday.
However, Pilgrim cautioned against expecting Bradshaw to play Friday vs. Marshall or next Monday vs. Miami.
Aaron Bradshaw will return to practice tomorrow, but that doesn't mean he's ready for games yet. @JackPilgrimKSR says: "I've heard, not to expect him for Marshall... I would even be very cautious about Miami." pic.twitter.com/UBpKfTFVu5— Rare Rookies #BBN (@rarerookies) November 22, 2023
Oh, and Bradshaw posted this on Instagram on the same day.
Aaron Bradshaw’s latest IG post, featuring him and Zvonimir Ivisic.— Tristan Pharis (@TristanUda) November 21, 2023
“God is great man ” pic.twitter.com/J6jn6ym7jB
Bradshaw was ranked as the No. 5 overall player and the No. 1 overall center in the class of 2023, according to 247 Sports.
Unfortunately, due to preseason foot surgery, we have yet to see Bradshaw take the floor with this year’s team.
Kentucky has clearly missed a post presence in the early stages of the season.
That was apparent in the matchups against Kansas and Monday night against Saint Joseph’s.
In the 89-84 loss to Kansas, the Cats had no answer for Hunter Dickinson, as he went for 27 points and 21 rebounds. Overall, the Cats lost the rebounding battle 45-42.
On Monday against Saint Joseph’s, arguably the biggest team the Cats have faced, Kentucky was able to pull out the 96-88 overtime win but lost the battle of the boards 42-37.
Adding a 7-foot-1 post presence that Bradshaw brings will not only help the Cats on the glass, but he will provide rim protection that Cal’s best teams have had and that this team desperately needs.
Let’s hope there are no setbacks.